Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Easing Back Into Butterfly Training

Shoulder pain made me stop all Butterfly training in 2017.  This year, I have been easing back into Butterfly training, and today's workout was the first time I was able to swim more than 1000 yards of Butterfly in a single practice since my right shoulder operation in 2015.  

The 75's were not easy to finish, but I was able to hold about 1:04 on most of them.  The last 75 fly was a couple of ticks under 1:00.   

6 x 150 warm up on 2:15

8 x 75 kick w/ brick on 1:50  (everyone else wore fins and kicked 100)

6 x 100 ba/fr/br/fr on 1:35 (everyone else swam free)

3 x  (4 x 75 fly+50 easy free on 2:00)
       (200 easy on 3:00)

20 x 25  fr / fly on :30 (held 16 & 17 on each Butterfly)

100 cool down

Total: about 4000 (everyone else totaled about 5000)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Legendary Marathon Swimmer Makes Tampa Bay Look Easy!


December 31, 2017 - Official Results

Marcy MacDonald's New Year's Eve 24 Mile Swim of Tampa Bay a Success

Tampa Bay, Florida, USA -  One of Marathon Swimming's greatest stars completed a rare Winter long distance swim on New Year's Eve.  Marcy MacDonald swam the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in a swift time of 9 hours, 13 minutes.
The water temperature was 64F (18C), but the colder temperatures do not bother the veteran swimmer.  After all, she's completed 15 successful English Channel crossings, the most of any American in history.

The swimmer was supported by handler/coach Janet Galaya, kayaker Derick Brown, and escort boat pilot Philip Nunez.  They began their journey at 6:20am and finished at 3:33pm, for a time that ranks as the 4th fastest for a female at The 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.  Air temperatures began in the low 50s, but the sun came out and warmed to 78F in the afternoon.  Winds calmed during the day, but the early morning colder winds of 8kts. caused a slight chop for the first half of the swim.